All Inclusive Resorts: Things To Consider

By Karen Puckett

If you are considering an all-inclusive vacation, then you are surely in for a treat! However, there are plenty of things to be aware of and good pointers to know before booking, and I'm here to help explain them to you.

First off, consider the type of vacation that you want to go on and heavily consider the location. There are tons of all-inclusive packages, and you will find that some cater to families, which provide tons of kid friendly playgrounds and activities for all ages, and other places are much more suited to couples and adult fun, specializing in adult options such as quietness and relaxation. The location of your vacation is also important, as safety can be a huge concern when traveling internationally. Consider the length of time it takes to transport to and from the airport, as well as researching the crime rates of the places you are looking at.

Secondly, weight your desired budget against your preferred type of experience. Cost and budget will be a huge determining factor in the type of vacation that you book, and determine much of what you can make available for yourself. For instance, some options appear more inexpensive to start, however by the time you pay for all the "extras" at the end of the trip, you've spent just as much (or more!) money than by just booking the more expensive option to begin with. If being able to drink top-shelf liquors all day every day is important to you, or unlimited included spa treatments is a huge perk, perhaps consider investing in a more expensive option from the get go, as it could end up saving you money in the long run.

Thirdly, consider your dining options and beverage offerings as well. Take special note of how many and the types of meals that are offered each day. There are no uniform rules with all-inclusive getaways or hotels, however a majority of hotels do indeed provide three full meals a day, snack options, and quite often as well a late night offering for food. Beverage inclusions may vary greatly too. Some of the more expensive options might include unlimited drinks all day every day, including liquor, whereas other place that are more moderately priced might only include complimentary beer and wine. In every single case, however, water, soda and other non-alcoholic beverages should be provided at no extra charge.

Finally, definitely consider the activities that are available. Each company will include a number of activities that are covered, however some may not be, and often those are the ones that are the most sought out, including jet skiing, scuba diving, and golf. Do your research, and then, enjoy your vacation!

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